Works on a $320,000 project to widen Exmouth’s Town Beach with 25,000 cubic metres of sand has started. The sand bypassing and replenishment project by the Department of Transport will use sand currently trapped north and south of the Exmouth Boat Harbour breakwater and is expected to last one month. A statement released by the DOT said works will occur during daylight hours from Monday to Friday and traffic management will be used. DOT coastal facilities director Donna West said the sand bypassing and replenishment project would see about 25,000 cubic metres of sand relocated. “To ensure the entrance to the boat harbour remains safe for navigation sand will be excavated using heavy machinery and trucked to Town Beach where a grader will create a natural beach profile,” She said. “The majority of the sand will be taken from Neale Cove, south of the harbour, where the sediment build up could endanger safe navigation at the entrance channel. Ms Wrest said the works will assist the natural drift of sand and will replenish Town Beach and help eroding beaches to the north. “When complete the local community will enjoy a wider Town Beach in time for the summer season,” she said. The project is expected to be completed mid-December.